There is a reason an Old Fashioned is as a classic cocktail. A classic is something has come to be considered an outstanding example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. The Old Fashioned certainly fits that bill. However, that is not to say that a classic shouldn’t be updated with new twist from time to time!
We asked mixologist extraordinaire, Chris Milligan to put a new spin on the Old Fashioned using Tahitian vanilla. Here is the recipe of his delicious concoction.
Tahitian Vanilla Old Fashioned
1/2 oz vanilla syrup (super-easy recipe here)
2 oz rye whiskey
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Tahitian vanilla bean
Pour the rye, syrup and bitters into an old fashioned glass. Top with ice, and gently stir 3-4 times. Cut the rind of an orange and twist it over the glass so the oils express over the drink. Garnish with the orange peel, a cherry and a portion of a vanilla bean.
Find more of Chris Milligan's creative cocktail recipes on his website, Santa Fe Barman.